Perennials Wish List
HELLEBORUS x HYBRIDUS NGN DBL AMBER GEM STRAIN from Pine Knot Farms. $10 per 4-inch pot. Considering this for the extended area adjoining Bed A that is the side edge of the porch. I already have some very small helleboros planted on one side of the step (too small to have bloomed yet), and I was thinking this Amber Gem would be nice bordering the other end of the side step in this area. I've never seen this kind of helleboros but they are beautiful! I guess if i order 1 plant of this strain, it's a gamble which flower pic I would get, but no matter - they are all gorgeous and all blend in the same color scheme.
SEDUM RUPESTRE 'ANGELINA.' 3-6 in high with a 24-in spread. Yellow leaves sometimes turns reddish-orange in autumn. Thinking of getting a little of this to plant somewhere - maybe in Bed B or D?
CERINTHE MAJOR PURPURASCENS. Common name honeywort or shrimp plant. Hardy to zone 7 or 8 or grown as an easy annual anywhere. Self sows readily. This is a new plant to me. Gardenweb user Campanula suggested it in a post as a possible companion for baptisia. This plant might be just the thing I need in my Bed C (where I have yellow and purple daylillies, stokesia, liatris, pink miniature holleyhocks, purple verbena, and pink veronica.). The bare spot still open for a new planting is just about in line where the blooms of the 'sweet vigorosa' rose bush planted in the upper-level Bed A flow over the railroad tie that divides Bed A from Bed C below. Can also be grown easily in a big pot. Supposedly very easy to grow from seed. Might have to try that in a pot and see what happens. Love this plant.
CASTILLEJA INDIVISIA (entireleaf Indian paintbrush). It's native to Oklahoma but I've never seen it. In my humble opinion, THIS should be our state flower instead of the wild gaillardia indian blanket which i see everywhere - not to say indian blanket isn't pretty, but wow - that indian paintbrush looks like a real stunner. Gotta get some seed! Should do well for me. This is a gorgeous, gorgeous wildflower.
APHANOSTEPHUS SKIRRHOBASIS (lazy daisy). Great plant to add to my granddaughter's little garden she just started on a dry sandy hilly area at my place. This little garden will have to be filled with tough plants that can adapt to the harsh site. Lazy Daisy is a native wildflower here and I'm hoping will fit right in.
TANACETUM PARTHENIUM (feverfew). I planted this a couple of years ago without success even though I have sandy soil which it is said to prefer. Seeing this gorgeous photo that Pitimpinai posted on the perennials message board convinced me it's worth another try. My beds are better prepared than the first time I tried it so I'm hoping I can get it going this time.
ERYNGIUM 'Miss Wilmott's Ghost'. I've had the idea to try some sea hollies for years. Catkinz8a's photo on the perennials message board reminds me again why. Might try this in Bed C by the scabiosa 'fama' (if it survives the transplant that almost killed it!), veronica 'first love' and the pink roses.